U.S. to send $30 billion in relief to Puerto Rico
A U.N. agency is considering sending $30.9 billion in emergency relief to the U.P.R. island after a devastating earthquake killed more than 7,000 people and devastated the island’s infrastructure.
The U.K. has said it could send $1 billion.
The United States will contribute about $15 billion and Mexico $5 billion.
Puerto Rico’s governor said Wednesday the U!
would be the largest contributor to the relief package.
Puerto Ricans are still struggling with what happened, with an economic crisis that has already triggered shortages of basic necessities and raised fears of a humanitarian crisis.
The death toll is rising.
It reached more than 18,000 on Thursday.
The island has also been hit by a tsunami that has destroyed buildings and power lines and damaged a major airport.
The government is still struggling to reconstruct power and communication systems.
The earthquake that struck late on Wednesday was the most powerful since 1986, the U,S.
Geological Survey said in a statement.
In Puerto Rico, the death toll has risen to more than 1,600.